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Hitler And Stalin: Parallel Lives





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With 71 photographs and 18 maps. CONTENTS: Acknowledgments; Note to the Reader; Introduction; One - Origins; Two - Experience; Three - October Revolution, November Putsch; Four - The General Secretary; Five - The Creation of the Nazi Party; Six - Lenin's Successor; Seven - Hitler Within Sight of Power; Eight - Stalin's Revolution; Nine - Hitler's Revolution; Ten - Stalin and Hitler Compared; Eleven - The Fuhrer State; Twelve - The Revolution, Like Saturn, Devours Its Children; Thirteen - 1918 Revoked; Fourteen - The Nazi-Soviet Pact; Fifteen - Hitler's War; Sixteen - Hitler's New Order; Seventeen - Stalin's War; Eighteen - Hitler's Defeat; Nineteen - Stalin's New Order; Twenty - Perspective; Appendices; Notes; Abbreviations and Glossary; Selected Bibliography; Index. SYNOPSIS: Alan Bullock's Hitler and Stalin is his crowning achievement, the magnum opus of one of today's most admired historians - the distinguished Oxford scholar and author of the now classic Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. This new work is a full-scale dual biography, remarkable for the richness and clarity of its narrative, for its historical astuteness, and above all for its freshly revealing perspective. Bullock examines his protagonists not in the traditional context of their conflicts with the Western Alliance but, for the first time, primarily against the more fruitful background of Berlin-Moscow relations; for he sees the cataclysmic history of Europe in the mid-twentieth century as an ongoing and accelerating clash between the aspirations of Germany and those of the Soviet Union. Until now the pendulum has swung between exaggeration and underestimation of the roles played by Hitler and Stalin. Bullock argues convincingly that, in order to show how two such outsiders came to power, it is necessary to take into account both the historical circumstances that gave them an opportunity and the highly individual traits and gifts each man used to...

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